Have you ever been in a situation where you couldn’t find the right words to describe a particular place or city that you visited?
We are here to help you! Have a look at 6 idioms in English that are used to describe cities, places, and events in English that are quite useful in conversational speech.
● Been through the war
This English idiom is used to describe a place or thing that shows signs of a lot of use or is significantly damaged.
• For example – That house looked as though it had been through the war.
● Hive of activity
A “hive of activity” is a place where a lot is happening, and everyone present is busy doing something.
• For example: When we went to offer help, the kitchen was already a hive of activity.
● In the middle of nowhere
This idiom is used to describe a place that is very remote, far from any city or town.
• For example – The campsite was in the middle of nowhere so I couldn’t phone you.
● Creature comforts
The expression creature comforts refers to modern conveniences (such as hot water or central heating) that make life comfortable and pleasant.
• For example – I need my creature comforts. I don’t know how I’d survive without air-conditioning in this climate!
● Going to hell in a handcart / Going to rack and ruin
If something is going to hell in a handcart, it is in a bad state and continues to deteriorate.
• For example – This used to be a nice place to live but now the area is going to hell in a handcart.
● Here today, gone tomorrow
This is said of something which appears and disappears very quickly, or does not last long,
• For example – The shops in this area change very often – here today, gone tomorrow.